Every year the girls over at Pixel TCG send each other Christmas cards and it’s really nice to receive different cards from all over the world (I think this year we managed: UK, Germany, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, USA, Argentina). One of the ladies absolutely loves penguins and I knew that I had to make some cards using the new Neat & Tangled Santa’s Wonderland stamp set. Coloured with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers and Distress Inks and put together with a few Lawn Fawn dies, this set of ‘Let It Snow’ cards has to be my favourite for this year.
I started out by stamping multiples of the characters onto some Neenah Solar White cardstock with Versafine Ink. Usually I would bring out the Bristol Board for the Zig markers but I know that I wanted to do a lot of other white die cutting in the background and I didn’t want the papers to be mismatched (the Bristol Board is more of a creamier colour). I coloured them in with a handful of Christmassy colours with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers and die cut them with the coordinating dies.
For the background, I used the second largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle and cut out multiple pieces. One of these I used a smaller rectangle die to cut a frame, using the inside pieces to cut further pieces using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders and Stitched Mountain Borders to create the snowy backdrops with the stitched detail.
I then took the largest rectangle backgrounds and stamped the Lawn Fawn Snowy Backdrop in Versamark Ink before heat embossing with white embossing powder. The Distress Ink I then blended over in Faded Jeans, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot was resisted and I was left with a lovely dark snowy sky background. These I mounted to some A2 top folding card bases in Kraft cardstock and adhered the outer white frames on top.
For the sentiment, I used Lawn Fawn’s Finley’s ABCs dies to cut out the letters ‘S N O W’ from some more Neenah Solar White. After adhering these letters to the background, I then stamped the ‘Let it’ sentiment in Versamark and white heat embossed. Originally my idea had been to have ‘LET IT SNOW’ in the cut out letters, but this crowded the background, so I wasn’t really thinking ahead and had to remove some of the stray embossing powder that got caught under the frame with a dry paintbrush. Lesson learned!
Once the sentiment was in the background, I could then arrange my snow banks and hills. I used some foam tape to pop up the characters and added a little Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle to give it that extra Christmassy feel.
I think in total I made about 10 of these cards and had a few scraps left over as well as a couple of the coloured characters. To use up the pieces, I used a Snowflake embossing folder from Echo Park for the base panel and some kraft cardstock for the background.
I really love this set and I know it will feature prominently again in next year’s card stash – unless Neat & Tangled bring out an even cuter set!
Thanks for reading and happy crafting!
*whistles Christmas carols*